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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
By: Rupam Jain and Mayank BhardwajU.S. seed company Monsanto is welcome to leave India if it does not want to lower prices of genetically modified cotton seeds as directed by the government, a minister said on Wednesday, in a sign the rift between New Delhi and the firm is widening.The comments come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist government expects to develop its own... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
 By: Michael Holden and Sarah YoungBritain will introduce a sugar levy on soft drinks in two years' time to tackle a growing obesity crisis, finance minister George Osborne said in a surprise announcement on Wednesday, delighting health campaigners and angering drink makers.Just months after the government ruled out a sugar tax, Osborne said the levy, which would be imposed on companies... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
By: Wenonah HauterLast night, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) filed a new version of the anti-GMO labeling bill widely known as the DARK Act, which would prevent states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods and stop pending state laws that require labeling from going into effect. We urge the Senate to reject this bill that favors the interests of corporations... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
By: Lydia WheelerThe Senate is expected to take a procedural vote Wednesday on a controversial bill to block states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods with genetically modified organisms.The bill from Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) would replace state-by-state laws for GMO foods with a voluntary national standard. Supporters say a patchwork of laws would make it expensive for... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
By: Lorraine ChowMonsanto’s controversial history with PCBs is being played out in trial in California state court this week, as the agrochemical giant has been accused of causing two retired plaintiffs to develop cancer.The civil lawsuit, Dauber, et al. v. Monsanto Co., et al, regards plaintiffs Roslyn Dauber, 62, and John Di Costanzo, 87, who both claim that their... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
By: Carey GillamThe U.S. Senate looks poised to vote this week on the contentious national debate over GMO labeling, but as the potentially landmark vote looms, facts that should be at the heart of the discussion are being lost.And in that void, the issue has become highly divisive, pitting many Democrats who want mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops against... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 16th, 2016
By: Erin E. BowmanBack in March 2015, the Washington Times reported on an appearance by Ted Cruz at the Iowa Agricultural Summit.Mr. Cruz said GMOs helped to provide food for people across the globe and strengthen farms across the nation. He said that people who oppose GMOs and want to buy organic food can do that. 'People who decide that is what they want, they can pay for it... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 15th, 2016
* Spot raw, white sugar contracts make double top formations* Cocoa traders eye Ivory Coast attack (Rewrites throughout, updates prices; adds comment, second byline, NEW YORK dateline)By: Marcy Nicholson and David BroughNEW YORK/LONDON, March 14 Raw sugar on ICE extended gains to its highest level this year on Monday, after two analysts increased their global deficit forecasts, while arabica... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 15th, 2016
By: Prithvijit MitraKolkata: More than 30% of obesity patients in the city could be suffering from depression, said a study. Conducted by bariatric surgeons and psychiatrists, the study also claims that obesity-induced depression has never been more prevalent in Kolkata - and most patients were women.Scrutiny and disapproval by peers on social media has made it so that depression and obesity... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 15th, 2016
India's PEC Ltd has received its first cargo of about 40,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine, trade sources said, despite concerns that the state-run trader could find it difficult to secure supplies of grain from non-GM crops.PEC Ltd firmed up plans to import corn in December last year, marking India's first such overseas purchase in 16 years.In an international tender competition launched... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 13th, 2016
By: Wenonah HauterThis week thousands of Americans took time out of their busy days to call their Senators to demand that they vote against the DARK Act, a bill sponsored by Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, which would prevent consumers from knowing if the food they eat and feed their families contains genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients. Their support for GMO labeling was echoed by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 11th, 2016
By: Peter ShumlinI proudly signed a law requiring GMO labeling in our state starting this July 1.People have the right to know what is in their food. It’s not a radical idea. We already require food companies to label nutritional values such as calories or sugar content and to include an ingredient list. When it comes to labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, more than... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 11th, 2016
India cut the royalties paid by local firms for Monsanto's genetically modified cotton seeds by nearly 70 percent on Wednesday, ignoring a threat by the world's biggest seed company to leave if it did.The move follows complaints from local seeds companies that Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India)(MMB), a Monsanto joint venture with India's Mahyco, was charging high royalties. This prompted... more

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